ESPN gets prepped for this weekend’s NFL action with Sunday NFL Countdown this Sunday beginning at 10:00a.m. ET.
Chris Berman hosts with analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson. They will be joined by Suzy Kolber, Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworski. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and senior analyst Chris Mortensen will report the day’s news and updates. Comedian Frank Caliendo will also be on set.
Correspondents Bob Holztman (New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals), Rachel Nichols (Denver Broncos at Carolina Panthers), Ed Werder (Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints), Josina Anderson (Houston Texans at Chicago Bears) and Sal Paolantonio (Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles) will report from game sites.
From ESPN PR, here are some of the anticipated show highlights:
- Doug Martin – Rookie Sensation: After setting a Tampa Bay Buccaneers record of 251 rushing yards and four touchdowns last Sunday against the Oakland Raiders and rushing for more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage so far this season, rookie sensation Doug Martin is staking a claim for the NFL Rookie of Year award. In his path to the NFL, Martin was inspired by YouTube videos of NFL legends, Jackie Chan movies and a passion for playing “tag.” Countdown’s Suzy Kolber takes a closer look at Martin.
- Randy Moss and Lil Wayne: Rapper and lyricist Lil Wayne will make his debut as a Countdown guest correspondent in a rare sit-down interview with 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss, who talks about why he retired and returned to the NFL after a one-year hiatus to join San Francisco.
- The Art of Creating the Fumble: The Chicago Bears defense is better than some team offenses this season and is a major reason the team is 7-1 midway into the season. While interceptions have been a key to their success, no one has been better at creating fumbles than cornerback Charles Tillman, who has forced seven in 2012 and 36 since 2003. Rachel Nichols examines the art of the strip with Tillman.
- “Mayne Event” – Election in New England: Election Day isn’t only about the highest office in the land. At Gillette Stadium, the New England Patriots were involved in making a very important choice. In this week’s “Mayne Event,” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Wes Welker assist Kenny Mayne in his quest for the truth.